How To Read Political Racial Code

Using certain words to invoke stereotypes and racial fear is a reprehensible but time-worn tactic

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Part of my job when I speak about politics is to speak up for black people and say things black people need said. This mission has rarely felt so necessary as it has when racial code words recently entered the Presidential election. These code words are ancient racial stereotypes in slick, modern gear. They are linguistic mustard gas, sliding in covertly, aiming to kill black political viability by allowing white politicians to say ‘Don’t vote for the black guy’ in socially-acceptable language. Sometimes the code comes directly out of a candidate’s mouth. Sometimes it comes from supporters, or can be found in advertisements.

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Do not be fooled by the canard that both parties do it. That was former RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s response when I asked him about it on my MSNBC show “The Cycle.” Using certain words to invoke racialized fear and scare white working class voters is a long-established part of the Republican playbook. The GOP is a 90% white party and has been for decades. According to Ron Brownstein of the National Journal, Mitt Romney will need over 60% of white people to vote for him or he will lose. “That,” Brownstein says, “would be the best performance ever for a Republican Presidential challenger with that group of voters.” Given that math, in a base turnout election where Romney has a big lead among white, non-college educated men, it’s understandable why he’d try to motivate those voters with code words that remind them of their racial difference with Obama and stigmatize that difference. In this effort a word like “welfare” is extremely valuable. Sure there are more white than black Americans on welfare, but when a candidate says ‘welfare’ many whites think of their tax dollars being given to blacks.

So when Romney began running ads about Obama “dropping the work requirement from welfare” — ads which are still running even though the claim has been thoroughly debunked — he was merely updating Ronald Reagan’s old “welfare queen” meme. Both are designed to create racial resentment around entitlements. This tactic is bolstered by the classic stereotype of blacks as lazy. A recent Pew Research Center poll, for example, found that 57% of Republicans believe people are poor because they don’t work hard. When a recent Washington Post poll asked “Why do most black voters so consistently support Democrats?” the second reason given by Republicans was “black voters are dependent on government or seeking a government handout” while for Democrats it was that “their party addresses issues of poverty.” (The top answer for members of both parties was “Don’t know”.)

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Another classic code word — that hasn’t cropped up in this election yet — is “crime.” Like welfare, even though more whites commit crimes than blacks, the word is more associated with blacks who have historically been stereotyped as wild, violent, animalistic and immoral. As Michelle Alexander writes in The New Jim Crow, “What it means to be criminal in our collective consciousness has become conflated with what it means to be black, so the term white criminal is confounding, while the term black criminal is nearly redundant.” The classic example is President George H. W. Bush’s famous ad using inmate Willie Horton as a way to portray Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis as soft on crime and thus unable to protect us from wild black criminals.

There’s also the cornucopia of terms and concepts created to de-Americanize Barack Obama, from calling him “Muslim” or “Socialist” to Romney surrogates like John Sununu saying things like, “I wish this President would learn how to be an American.”  There is also a return to birtherism, with Romney recently joking, “Nobody’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” The subtext of all this is: Obama, like other blacks, is not one of “us.” He is other.

Do Democrats use racial code? No. The Democratic party is a racially diverse coalition. There would be no value to playing this game. In fact, the party has risked alienating white working class voters by fighting for people of color, a tightrope perhaps best symbolized by President Johnson signing the 1964 Voting Rights Act and then famously, and presciently, saying to an aide, “We have lost the South for a generation.”

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If Johnson could see the modern electoral college map he would recognize his continuing impact in a solid red South, but many say that a white-dominated political party leaning on racial appeals to survive will not work much longer. The Hispanic population in America is rising rapidly and as Brownstein points out, “Whites have declined as a portion of the electorate in every presidential election since 1992, according to exit polls.” Those are two frightening trends for the future of the GOP and even prominent Republicans are publicly admitting it. “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina recently told the Washington Post. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

But for now, as the GOP paddles furiously trying to stay viable as an all-white party, we must shine a harsh light on their attempts to use old racial stereotypes to win votes.

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FatuousoneFatuousone
FatuousoneFatuousone

OBAMA sweeps to VICTORY as AMERICA’S first BLACK PRESIDENT on NOV. 5th,
2008

Obama cautioned, "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep!”

Young and charismatic, but with little experience on the national
level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated
Republican John McCain to become the first African-American destined to
sit in the Oval Office, America's 44th president. He was the first
Democrat to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since
Jimmy Carter in 1976.
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/pres_electionday

NAAWP 2014 RESPONSE:

At the time everyone seemed to be excited, and held high expectations
for BARACK OBAMA and the newly elected DEMOCRATS, in both the HOUSE of
REPRESENTATIVES, and the UNITED STATES SENATE! At that time no one
could have predicted with any certainty how LONG the ROAD would be, nor
the STEEPNESS of AMERICA’s DECLINE! As the 1st BLACK PRESIDENT,
BARACK’s failures came “FAST and FURIOUS”, and they impacted AMERICAN
LIVES in ways that no one in AMERICA could have ever IMAGINED!
AMERICANS lost their JOBS, their VEHICLES, their HOMES and most of
their MATERIAL POSSESSIONS during PRESIDENT OBAMA’s 1st TERM in OFFICE!
Hundreds of thousands of SMALL BUSINESSES CONSOLIDATED, COLLAPSED, or
left our NATION for FOREIGN SHORES! EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT, WELFARE
BENEFITS, GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED HOUSING, FREE LUNCH, SOCIAL SECURITY
DISABILITY BENEFITS and other forms of ENTITLEMENTS became a NEW WAY of
LIFE for TENS of MILLIONS of AMERICANS!

As AMERICA’s DEFICIT has RISEN, AMERICA’s WORLD CREDIT SCORE has
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coming years!

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rather than a NATION of GREAT MINDS, CREATIVE THINKERS and
HARD-WORKERS! In 2014, AMERICANS are ANGRY, and rightfully so, not just
at PRESIDENT OBAMA, but at all of our ELECTED POLITICAL LEADERS in
GENERAL! AMERICANS want CHANGE, we need CHANGE, but we need CHANGE that
we can BELIEVE IN – not FANTACIES, not FALSE PROMISES and no more
MISLEADERS!

DEMOCRATS are on the CHOPPING BLOCK in November of 2014; however,
AMERICANS don’t seem to have much FAITH in the REPUBLICAN PARTY either!
The TEA PARTY seems to be “OUT of TOUCH with REALITY” and PATROITS
GROUPS seem to be “LOST in SPACE”! CHRISTIANS seem to know what they
BELIEVE IN, but don’t seem to have any IDEA, as to which HUMAN BEINGS
that they can TRUST to REPRESENT them!

FACT: When we elect PUBLIC OFFICIALS, we are basically hiring them to
PROTECT and SERVE our PUBLIC INTEREST! Sadly, that’s not what we have
been getting from our most of our LOCAL, STATE and NATIONAL ELECTED
OFFICIALS!

Furthermore, AMERICANS do not like PRESIDENT OBAMA’s:

1) POLITICAL AGENDA
2) EXPENSIVE and FREQUENT VACATIONS
3) GOLFING ADVENTURES
4) HEALTHCARE PLAN
5) COMMON CORE
6) CHARTER SCHOOLS
7) ATTORNEY GENERAL
8) DEPARTMENT of EDUCATION
9) INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
10) IMMIGRATION POLICY
11) SUPPLYING our ENEMIES with anything that can be used against U.S.
12) INABILITY to STAY FOCUSED and ON-TASK

FACT: From the top down AMERICA needs an OVER-HAUL, and AMERICANS seem
to be ready for the 1st time since the aftermath of the GREAT
DEPRESSION , to PURGE!~

So let’s begin the PURGE on November the 4th, 2014, but let’s not let
it end there!

Can I get an AMEN?


MARK TRAINA is a STAFF WRITER for the NAAWP



NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE - 2014

obessed56
obessed56

PRESIDENT OBAMA and all his LILY WHITE LYIN LIBERAL BUDDIES want to turn U.S. into a COMMUNIST COUNTRY!

On 11-04-2014, WHITE AMERICANS will be given a CHANCE to PURGE, the NAAWP strongly recommends that we do!

VOTE against LILY WHITE LYIN LIBERAL POLITICAL CORRECT DEMOCRATS like SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU, who have assisted the most FOWL and CORRUPT PRESIDENT in U.S. HISTORY!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE - 2014

KCMetro
KCMetro

Just because Obama is lazy and shows up to work late doesn't make him black.   He has a few more years to help move our country to a National Socialist Party (Nazi) and to help ensure our future is more like Europe.


Media Circus has some great information... especially this one --> Obama Sued Citibank under CRA to force it to make bad loans!!


Will America ever wake up from this?  It seems like a long standing nightmare imo.



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obessed56
obessed56

188 ARTICLES of IMPEACHMENT against PRESIDENT OBUMA


... and no one with the GUTS or the NUTS to put them on the FLOOR of the HOUSE and SENATE!

The Conservative Papers
 

•The Point of No Return for Obama
•Two Obama Voters Are Outraged Over Huge Insurance Hikes
•Remembering the Liberation of Grenada, 30 Years Later


The Point of No Return for Obama


Obama is about to play defense, for the next three years.sadobama_1

Obama is facing the abyss. It’s that moment when a president’s plans are overwhelmed by his problems, and he’s relegated to playing defense for the rest of his White House term. Obama’s agenda already lingers near death. His poll numbers have slipped to new lows. His speeches are full of alibis and accusations.

Obama hasn’t reached the point of no return, but he’s very close. His biggest problem is the collapse of Obamacare on its launching pad as the entire country watched. And there’s worse trouble ahead. More likely than not, Obamacare will be the dominant issue in the final three-plus years of his presidency. From that, there’s no recovery.

Years on defense—impotent years—have beset even the strongest of presidents. Jimmy Carter’s presidency was hardly a powerhouse. Still, it had one shining moment, when the Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt was signed in September 1978. What clout Carter had vanished after the “malaise” speech in July 1979. It made him a target of ridicule.

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•Breaking News: Congress Files to Impeach Obama
•Obama’s Muslim Childhood
•US Ambassador To Libya Assassinated by Muslim Terrorist
 

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

NAAWP accuses the OBAMA HIDING behind the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING but the TRUTH!

The EXECUTIVE BRANCH of our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is LYING when they say they are "INVESTIGATING ANYTHING"! The TERM "IT'S UNDER-INVESTIGATING" is SIMPLY a STALLING TECHNIQUE until the LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA distracts our attention away from the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S MISDEEDS!

IMPEACH the BUMB, he is a LIAR, a THIEF and a CROOK!

fatuous1

MARK TRAINA

NAAWP-PRESIDENT and NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

NAAWP-IDENTIFIES the LILY WHITE LIARS by NAME!

1) JANE FONDA
2) TED TURNER
3) BILL GATES
4) ALICE WALTON
5) RACHEL MADDOW
6) CHRIS MATTHEWS
7) LAWRENCE O’DONNEL
8) PIERS MORGAN
9) NANCY GRACE
10) STEVEN MILLER
11) LOIS LERNER
12) DOUGLAS SHULMAN
13) MORRIS DEES
14) ANGELA COREY
15) BERNIE DE LA RIONDA
16)     NANCY PELOSI
17)     HARRY REID
18)     DIANE FIENSTEIN
19)     BILL MAHAR
20)     DONALD DUCK
21)     BABY HUEY
22)     ROAD RUNNER
23)     TAZMANIAN DEVIL
24)     MICKEY MOUSE
25)     CHARLIE BROWN

FACT: LILY WHITE LYING LIBERALS in the MEDIA use RACIAL ISSUES to SELL SOAP, INCREASE THEIR RATINGS and PROMOTE their COMMUNIST AGENDA!

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, PAULA DEEN and MARK TRAINA have become the POSTER CHILDREN for RACIAL EQUALITY in NORTH AMERICA! If GEORGE ZIMMERMAN Defends himself against a "YOUNG BLACK THUG" attempting to Play the "KNOCK OUT WHITEY GAME" with him he is DESIGNATED by the LILY WHITE LYING MEDIA as a RACIST! If PAULA DEEN admits to using the "N" Word when Describing an ARMED ROBBER who placed a Gun to her head during BANK ROBBERY 30-years ago, she too is DESIGNATED by the LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA as a RACIST! By that same EXACT TOKEN if a HIGHLY TRAINED SEASONED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST with nearly 30-years of ON-THE-JOB-EXPERIENCE Points a Finger at "YOUNG BLACK THUGS", just like TRAYVON MARTIN EFFIN UP the QUALITY of LIFE in AMERICA-the LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA designates him as a RACIST!

Once again the fatuous1 finds himself Running Around in Circles Screamin and Yellin BULL$HYT!


fatuous1
MARK TRAINA
PRESIDENT, CEO and NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON for the NAAWP
FatuousCra@aol.com
 
FACT: MARK TRAINA is also a CANDIDATE for GOVERNOR of the GREAT STATE of LOUISIANA in 2015

FACT: The LILY WHITE LIBERAL MEDIA has One Set of Rules for BLACK PEOPLE and another for WHITE CONSERVATIVES!

EXAMPLE: PAULA DEEN uses the "N" Word and MARK TRAINA correctly identifies "YOUNG BLACK THUG" as being "YOUNG BLACK THUGS" they are identified as "RACIST", while at the EXACT same time Defend RACHEL JEANTEL'S use of the term "CREEPY AZZ CRACKER" as a BLACK CULTURAL THINGY!

This is a PERFECT EXAMPLE of LILY WHITE LYING "BULL$HYT"! PLEASE EXCUSE MY FRENCH?

By the way, "LILY WHITE LIARS" don't Live in Da Hood! They Live in the GATED JEWBURGS, with the ARMED GUARDS, HIGH FENCES, SWIMMING POOLS, GOLF COURSES, TENNIS COURTS, PONDS and PRIVATE PLAY GROUNDS!

IN MARRCH, 2013, TWO "YOUNG BLACK THUGS" IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA SHOT A 13-MONTH OLD WHITE INFANT RIGHT BETEEW THE EYES, KILLING HIM INSTANTLY, AS HIS MOTHER BEGGED FOR HIS LIFE!

IN APRIL, 2013, A BLACK MAN IN GRETNA, LOUISIANA SODOMIZED AN 8-MONTH OLD WHITE INFANT TO DEATH!

QUESTION: WHERE IS THE LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA AND WHY THE HELL ARE THEY NOT INTERESTED IN EXPLOITING THESE HORIFIC STORIES!

ANSWER: THE LILY WHITE LYING LIBERAL MEDIA IS ONLY INTERESTED IN CREATING CHAOS IN AMERICA, PROMOTING BLACK ON WHITE RACIAL HATRED, SELLING SOAP AND PROMOTING THIER OWN COMMUNIST AGENDA!

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

Playing the “N” Word Game

WATCH the "WHEEL of FORTUNE" Cartoon Video!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/19/paula-deen-uses-the-n-word-7-shocking-details-from-her-deposition.html

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE (NAAWP)

fatuous1
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Author: "THE REALIST"-THE TRUTH ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION
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AndrewM
AndrewM

The concept of "code words" is a paranoid, Marxist construct that allows black ideologues such as Toure to read racism into everything they disagree with.  Rather than pointing a finger at the Republican party for being "all-white," he might want to consider the possibility that there is something wrong with American blacks for residing almost completely within one party.  Such a phenomenon is, to my my knowledge, unprecedented.

jlew
jlew

Toure kind of forgot this quote from LBJ. After signing the Great Society legislation he said, "I'll have those n*ggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years." That sounds like a Democrat implying that Blacks are reliant on federal assistance. LBJ was probably a closet Republican.

I lived in South Chicago for two years and when I think of welfare recipients, I actually don't think of the blacks that I met (many of them working two jobs as single mothers) but the white's that were milking the system by refusing to get married so they would receive two checks. Those are the people that I am frustrated with. Toure doesn't get that because it doesn't fit his narrative that white people hate black people. You can't dislike President Obama because of failed policies and a skyrocketing debt, it has to be because he is a black man. Toure is an idiot who needs to find a real job. He's the boy who cried "racist" too many times. No one believes anything he says.

RandyCON
RandyCON

This Toure' character is a JOKE. What hardships has experienced as a result of being Black??? He is a prep school educated person who has taken advantage of the opportunity our country offers. I also ask, WHEN WILL RACISM EVER END??? We were told "If Obama is elected, it shows how far our country has come". And Yet, The Racism from the Left, MSNBC and Blacks continues daily. Even with his education, he is not Smart enough to realize Susan Rice is not qualified to be Secretary of State and represent our country abroad. She has Proven herself to be dishonest to the American people, just like Obama and Toure' himself. Why would MSNBC employee a person like Toure' and why does TIME give him space to write an article. People like Toure' goes to show you there are DUMBASSES everywhere.

Need2B_Convinced
Need2B_Convinced

Governor Sununu's comments that President Obama is "lazy" (which he said with such conviction) seems to give this article some credibility. I thought governor Sununu's remarks were extremely offensive; regardless of the parties' political views and differences I would never presume to make the inaccurate statement that EITHER canadate  was lazy. As an independent/undecided young voter (currently a graduate student), Sununu's remarks tarnished Mitt Romney's brilliant debate victory (for me). Obama's 4-year term has been VERY disappointing, I think he has not lived up to my expectations during his presidency or during last night's debate -But!!! to call him lazy is simply not true ...especially the WAY he said it ...Sununu might as well just called him the "N" word. Obama has done alot! Has it made a difference as promised?...not so much...but! he is not lazy. Just when I was leaning more towards Romney after the debate, Sununu's ignorance makes me think twice about voting Republican; I was very put-off by Sununu , a representative of the Republican party. 

Need2B_Convinced
Need2B_Convinced

Governor Sununu's comments that President Obama is "lazy" (which he said with such conviction) seems to give this article some credibility. I thought governor Sununu's remarks were extremely offensive; regardless of the parties' political views and differences I would never presume to make the inaccurate statement that EITHER canadate  was lazy. As an independent/undecided young voter (currently a graduate student), Sununu's remarks tarnished Mitt Romney's brilliant debate victory (for me). Obama's 4-year term has been VERY disappointing, I think he has not lived up to my expectations during his presidency or during last night's debate -But!!! to call him lazy is simply not true ...especially the WAY he said it ...Sununu might as well just called him the "N" word. Obama has done alot! Has it made a difference as promised?...not so much...but! he is not lazy. Just when I was leaning more towards Romney after the debate, Sununu's ignorance makes me think twice about voting Republican; I was very put-off by Sununu , a representative of the Republican party. 

ebonytruthteller
ebonytruthteller

Toure , it is really a sad and pathetic state we as an ethnic group are witnessing..i honestly remember the inspiring atmosphere of race reconciliation that was so thick in the air in South Florida during the 2008 campaign .

It really felt like the entire species so to speak was on the brink of some new evolutionary stage...the sky was the limit, this very real "atmosphere"  was all over the country..it was so palatable and obvious that political strategist made it the target of sarcasm even Hillary saw this "atmosphere"  and mocked it  speaking about our national "cumbayah "  moment and how the nation expected (upon the election of the "First Black President " )..."that the sky would open up " .etc,etc.....

Now after 4 years of right-wing politicians ,some even considered serious candidates for leading the Grand-"ole"-Party ..like Michele Bachmann openly playing and "stroking" racial stereotypes of the most stinking stench "remember the "tar -baby" reference ?

To their (Republicans willing to peddle race hatred )disgrace ..the term "tar-baby" was not the worst ..we watched the pictures of a watermelon garden posted in a national news -paper, the references to "witch -doctors etc,etc,

Bringing us to the latest and maybe most profound , since it represents racism that has festered so much that is is actually "beneath the awareness level" of the purpetrator when Romney was filmed in Boca Raton and without shame enabled the "ole" racist stereotypes of the "shiftless , lazy, black person..sure statistically by his wholesale use of the numbers  of 47% he in reality included many citizens that are not "black".....but beyond that he "elaborated" on WHO THIS 47% WAS TO HIM  !

And by attaching the term "that will vote for Obama no matter what"..this most certainly was a closeted reference to Afro-americans in particular ..Romney thought nothing of the fundamental divisive nature of his monologue ..because of only two reasons either he as a man really believes the classic "all blacks on welfare" spin that the right has used as you imply for quite some time for political leverage ...or Romney was exposing his basic elitist persona ..either way this sort of rationale is not suited to lead a nation as diverse as this nation is and will remain!

jem78
jem78

Thank you Toure.  Some people just don't get it.

xen0phanes
xen0phanes

Liberals have been demonizing conservatives as racist for decades, in an attempt to scare minorities into joining their party.  These "racial codes" are fabrications.

Conservative criticism of liberal policies goes something like this "well intentioned, but not gonna work".  Liberal criticism of conservatives more like this "extremist racial bastart wants to put all blacks in jail and keep people in poverty"

Why is it that liberals have the ability to read minds and ascribe to others what THEY think?

I can't speak for the deep south, but the vast majority of white Americans aren't even thinking about race.  It doesn't even come up, until some media-contrived racial "dialog".  In fact, most white conservatives would absolutely LOVE IT if all people, including all minorities could love prosperous happy lives.  See, conservatives don't believe there's finite pie to be divided.  They believe everyone being a part of the thriving community creates opportunity for all.

A conservative laments the number of people on assistance. You hear "welfare = minority, ergo racism" whereas the conservative understands that true and lasting self-respect and security come from self-reliance. and yes there must be a safety net, but it is more racist to think of people in some inescapable station than to want all who are able, to pursue happiness and prosperity.

It is liberals, and thinking like you've expressed, that does more to keep racism alive and minorities from prospering, than the supposed racist conservatives you are battling.

xen0phanes
xen0phanes

"The GOP is a 90% white party and has been for decades"

Because liberals and the media have been demonizing the GOP as racist for decades. You just did it in that very statement - your intent was to prove the GOP's racism by the number of white members.

You read all this "racial code" into things that have nothing to do with race, because it serves your ideology and punishes your 'enemies'. And, worse, you ascribe to others what THEY think.  When a conservative criticizes a liberal point of view, it is generally to say "well intentioned, but it ain't gonna work".  When a liberal criticizes a conservative point of view it's "selfish, racist bastard who wants to put blacks in jail and keep people in poverty"

We need a safety net.  But understanding that real, lasting self-respect and security come from self-reliance, conservatives want everyone who is able to have a path to success.

Everyone has a right to an equal opportunity. But no one is guaranteed an equal outcome.

We are a nation of immigrants.  We embrace and welcome our fellow men and women from around the world.  But does wanting to replace an abysmal immigration policy with something that is more just, make one racist? Maybe liberals are racist against all the Indian, Chinese, and African people who aren't afforded the same privilege as Mexicans, because they don't just come in without following the immigration process.  Is that it?

I can't speak for the deep south, but for the vast majority of white conservatives, there's no racism.  They don't even think about it until the liberals and press make it an issue.  The liberal view of racism is the FUNDAMENTAL force that is keeping minorities in poverty. The liberals are the ones who won't let the country move forward.

Brawndo2
Brawndo2

Anybody know the code word for TOURÉ has a little peanut ...

akcoyote
akcoyote

Another race baiter.  Ever notice how it is always minorities (can I still say that) who are bringing up the subject of race?

propwash
propwash

so...what words would you suggest the GOP use to describe crime, welfare, and those other "obviously" racial terms?  The problems that most of us have with Obama is not his race, it's his absolute lack of understanding of how this nation works, along with his blatant efforts to convert us to some kind of socialism with his "spreading around" the wealth, and the accusations that somehow those of us that own business did not accomplish anything on our own.  The man is an amateur trying to play social engineering.

matthewcarmody
matthewcarmody

First of all, Romney needs 60% of eligible white voters who actually vote in order to win. What remains unsaid is that approximately 50% of eligible voters don't vote. So the person elected president presumably gets more than 51% of the popular vote or 26% of eligible voters.

But even that is skewered because of the Electoral College, an anachronism that should be done away with.

Barry or Mitt, either way we are toast. The black Democrat was chosen to destroy Social Security because a white Republican can't get away with that just like Clinton pushed through everything Reagan and Bush had been unable to get past the American people.

It's almost like after a period of GOP misrule, where their wacky ideas get shot down time and again, a Democrat is chosen who consolidates the reactionary ideas and idiots actually think since a Democrat is offering this it must be OK. Then we kiss the right to strike, overtime, fair wages, manufacturing jobs, service jobs, welfare, the 4th and 6th amendments, and the right to vote, among other rights, good-bye.

Obama has screwed up so bad that it's OK to mention Jeb Friggin' Bush as a presidential candidate instead of as the war criminal's brother.

Visit_AesopsRetreat_Com
Visit_AesopsRetreat_Com

So, the author acknowledges there are more white people on welfare than blacks, yet still has the audacity, and pent up racism, to claim "Welfare" is a code for "Black."   Now THAT is true racism...

SteveQ123
SteveQ123

This column opens "Part of my job when I speak about politics is to speak up for black people and say things black people need said."

Well black people, do you believe he speaks for you?  If you stay silent, then apparently he does.  As a white man, this column overall seems to be very racist.  Am I wrong?

TheRatiocinator
TheRatiocinator

Time mag -- you actually printed this?  DId all your editors die recently or something?  Or is it that you'll put out any nonsense at all these days?  Shame!

captdot
captdot

Wait a minute...an apparent 1%er, who went to school at the Milton Academy knows the plight of "his people"?  Hate is cultivated in so many places. From the alumni list of Milton, I can't believe it was there, so must have been a bad experience at Emory that turned Toure into what he is today.  Then again, it could be when he was fired from Rolling Stone after only a few months that stoked the fires of hate in him.

ModdKenwood
ModdKenwood

 I am a conservative white man. The code words have gone right over my head my entire life...until NOW! You're soooo right Tourette! Thanks to you I can detect the faint dog whistles that Republicans have been blowing at me for decades! Jesus Christ was I stupid for not hearing them since Gerald Ford in '76! Thank you Tourette!

GOPcongress
GOPcongress

Bottom line: If you are white, and you talk so black individuals can hear your voice, you may as well be wearing white sheets and a hood. I can get NO OTHER CONCLUSION after reading THIS piece of tripe.

Old_Cali_Dude
Old_Cali_Dude

Blather.  Racism.  Repeat.

The instructions on canned Toure...

oz33
oz33

you are an angry man toure - just remember any man can be angry black/white and even biracial! Democrats play the race card all the time and are not accepting of anyone with a different opinion!

dutchs
dutchs

Calling Willie Horton "Willie" was racist - he went by William. Bashing Dukakis because he vetoed a bill eliminating furloughs for murderers, and then stonewalled the press when the story came out, was not racist - merely revealing his unfitness to hold office.

Jj Montague
Jj Montague

This guy is serious?!?!   If you want to take offense to something, be honest about your reasons.  Don't make things up to pretend you have some justification.  This "racist code" is pure fantasy and anyone with any common sense knows it.

nortonburgess
nortonburgess

Ahem.... hey Toure, give me your address because I need to ship a few thousand cases of foil your way. You're way over your ski's - again - but this one takes the cake. 

Mr. Shy
Mr. Shy

Toure is another in a long line of race-baiting leftists, churning out this fear-mongering, divisive, left wing propaganda b.s. drivel to keep as many as possible on the degenerate Democrat Plantation. 

Black, white, Peurto Rican, purple, green, Mexican.... VOTE ROMNEY/RYAN 1012 !!!! You'll find out soon enough that this party is far more in your best interests -- and in the best interests of real individual liberty and equal opportunity.

- smooth shy

Wastrel Way
Wastrel Way

Let me add a couple that Mr. Toure left out.  Do internet searches.

"Obama is a thug."  This is one that bespeaks the "crime" code that Mr. Toure mentions, with a hint of gangsterism, but evidently Mr. Toure hasn't spent enough time reading right-wing screeds, so he hasn't seen it.  This code is being used in this election -- contrary to Mr. Toure's statement that is hasn't "cropped up."

"Obama is a dictator."  Dictators are in third-world countries, especially Africa.  This one is current, too, and is politically ridiculous since Mr, Obama has not managed to accomplish very much of his agenda, thanks to knee-jerk opposition.

These are obvious, and current.  Can't Mr. Toure be up to date?  From his picture, I'd guess he's about half my age.  What's all this about Johnson and the voting rights act, and demographics -- is that just background to fill up the column?  If your article is about racial codes, write about racial codes.

Minister Rutherford
Minister Rutherford

Unemployment amongst Blacks was at its highest ever in the US under Reagan, and violent crime is about half of what it was also under Reagan.

Looks like Obama has a pretty good economiuc track record compared to reagan who did not have a world-wide depression to overcome!

Jasmine Clark
Jasmine Clark

really, as an african-american myself... i absolutely cannot stand toure.

rebekahhuang
rebekahhuang

Funny how all your "rules" apply to me but, not to thee...maybe that's why I can't take you seriously about this or any of the other forms of racism that presently pay your bills.

Pennst8r91
Pennst8r91

I love how Liberals rag on the GOP for being 'all-white' while demonizing blacks for voting Republican.  If you're black in this country you MUST vote Dem... or be called out as an Uncle Tom.  Seriously?  You clearly don't know the history of the Civil Rights movements and how blacks came to favor the Democratic party (it's hardly admirable).

 

SteveQ123
SteveQ123

It appears to me that this author only has a career if he can fan the fires of racism....

Look for racism, you'll find it.  Look for kindness and compassion, you'll find it.  People are people, regardless of race.

RandyCON
RandyCON

Does it not show Obama is Lazy playing 100 rounds of Golf during hsi first term and sitting on his hands instead of sending help during the Benghazi disaster???

JordanStewart
JordanStewart

As a black liberal I understand some conservative concern as being deemed racist. But a lot of coded words are used by politicians. With Newt Gingrich's claim that he'll tell the NAACP to tell black ppl to get jobs. With Rick Santorum tellin ppl during his campaign stop in Iowa "I don't wanna make black ppls lives easier by giving them ur money", despite 84% of Iowan assistance recipients being white. The fact that more white ppl are on welfare nationally but black wear its ugly face. The two are almost synonymous in the media. The entire birther movement, which has been debunked, still plays a role. These are certain instances that if ur black and turned on fox news u might break ur tv. It's not every republican that's racist n there are liberal racist. Being liberal doesn't make u exempt. This is about having equal ground and not using race as a political tool while ppls lives lie in the balance of their decision makin.

JordanStewart
JordanStewart

What he's saying is that even though there are more whites on welfare wen politicians like Newt Gingrich out Rick Santorum get in public they make it seem like we have an entitlement issue because of the amount of black ppl on welfare

Plantsmantx
Plantsmantx

1. More often than not, yes.

2. Yes, you're wrong.

The idea that any black person who refuses to act as if racism doesn't exist is "the real racist" only works as a justification for white racists. You've just outed yourself.

JordanStewart
JordanStewart

George Bush took an entire month off n had taken record setting vacations. He knew about 9/11 n waited.

SteveQ123
SteveQ123

 So by attempting to engage in honest dialogue, I am called a racist.  Well played, Plantsmantx. 

Do you believe that is possible for a black person to be a racist?  

SteveQ123
SteveQ123

 So now you've called me cowardly and a racist.... 

Plantsmantx
Plantsmantx

Yes. Any more questions?

The employment of the BS rhetorical ploys of the anti-black right isn't engaging in "honest dialog". It's the exact opposite, and cowardly, too.